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Today in Christian History
New York's English Deputies approved a new legal code, which guaranteed all Protestants the right to practice their religious observances unhindered. (There were currently a host of Protestant groups thriving within this now-English colony, acquired only seven months earlier from the Dutch.)
Mendelssohn revives Bach's St. Matthew Passion at the Singakademie in Berlin. A thousand people have to be turned away from the performance for lack of room.
Wittenberg College was chartered in Springfield, Ohio, under Lutheran auspices.
Gerard Manley Hopkins preaches his "dominical" - a practice sermon.
Samuel Zwemer preaches his first sermon - to a congregation of African-Americans in a small New Brunswick, New Jersey, church. He will go on to become a notable missionary to the Arab world.
Death in Tunbridge Wells, England, of Henry Drummond, Scottish evangelist and religious writer, best remembered for his classic meditation on 1 Corinthians 13 "The Love Chapter" entitled The Greatest Thing in the World.
Death in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, of hymnwriter Mary Ann Thomson. Her best-known hymn was "O Zion Haste, Thy Mission High Fulfilling."
Leonid Zwicki is installed as bishop of the newly-created Belarusian Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Thirty or more Hindus, angered at Christian preaching, attack pastor Erra Krupanamdam while he is returning from a prayer meeting in Andra Pradesh state, India, fracturing his spine and ribs.
A suicide bomber in a car attacks St. Finbar's Catholic Church in Jos, Nigeria, leaving ten people dead.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"